Gum Disease: Is Surgery Necessary?
Have you been diagnosed with gum disease? Do you wonder what type of treatment options you have? In the past, one of the most common treatment protocols for gum disease was surgical. This was performed to clean the gingiva of debris and pathogens, remove unsalvageable tissue, and smooth the roots of teeth from surface debris. While this surgery might still be necessary in some cases, there are some non-surgical treatment options, too. When it comes to determining the treatment method(s) right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentist who will be able to answer your questions and take your unique oral health history into consideration.
Will gum disease improve on its own?
Once gum disease advances to a certain point (and beyond), the condition is not curable. It is only manageable with professional treatment and vigilant oral hygiene. Early stages of gum disease can be improved with increased oral hygiene and professional treatment if necessary.
What is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is a specific type of prophylaxis used to improve gingival health after the development of gum disease. This treatment is performed by a dental hygienist or dentist and the objectives of this treatment are to clean the gingiva, remove tartar accumulation between and on the roots of teeth, and smooth the roots of teeth to discourage the attachment of new tartar. Scaling and root planing is conducted with small dental instruments like scalers. If gum disease is present throughout the oral cavity, scaling and root planing might be performed on an incremental basis.
Are there medications available?
There are some medications available that can address pathogens. Antimicrobial and antibacterial medication can help reduce the amount of bacteria in the gums. Sometimes soft-tissue lasers are used to clean the gingiva and roots of teeth.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or think you might have this condition, we encourage you to speak with our dentist by scheduling an appointment. Your consultation will include a physical examination and plenty of time to discuss your oral health with our dedicated team.
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